Altium Designer gains links to SolidWorks

August 30, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
With its DXP 2.0 platform, Altium is creating opportunities for third-party developers to build applications that extend the capabilities of Altium Designer

Altium has announced a SolidWorks modeller for Altium Designer. The new application (app) by ECAD / MCAD collaboration experts Desktop EDA is the result of Altium’s first add-on app development partnership.

"We’ve worked hard to open up our DXP platform technologies," says Daniel Fernsebner, Director of Technical Partnerships for Altium. "This partnership with Desktop EDA represents our first steps in building a wider network of third party app developers and providing our customers with leading-edge extensions for Altium products.”

Through the DXP platform’s unified data model, developers can create add-on apps that have access to all aspects of Altium’s electronics design system. Coupling this with Altium’s enterprise-ready design data management system, DXP App Server, apps for Altium Designer can:

- Eliminate the need for translation of external files and switching to separate, external applications through a new degree of access to Altium Designer’s design data and user interface.

- Improve standardisation and design flow automation by extending and customising the Altium Designer user interface.

- Increase team productivity by creating custom links between the Altium Vault and enterprise systems such as PLM, ERP or PDM.

- Reach Altium users through the new app distribution and licensing system.

Desktop EDA has more than 16 years experience in developing 3D MCAD integration tools for electronics design systems such as Altium Designer, Protel and Mentor Graphics PADS. Released earlier this month, the Desktop EDA offering includes apps that extend Altium Designer’s native 3D PCB design features by facilitating advanced collaboration between MCAD and ECAD designers.